It's no secret that Lush employees occasionally receive boxes of product from the big guys, and this would be my first Christmas at Lush as an employee and as a very dedicated Lushie. Needless to say I was beyond ecstatic. Bossman handed it to me after my shift and I quickly scuttled to my car, leadfooted it home, plopped it on my bed, and spent a good ten minutes just staring at it in glee. But I finally snapped out of my stupor and opened the box, eager to see the contents inside. Amidst a cloud of glitter and bath bomb dust, the Dashing Santa bath bomb was the first thing I saw.
Dashing Santa was inspired by the Santa Dash in Liverpool, a race where runners dressed as Santa race around town, and its design was based off of the old Cosmetics to Go logo (of which I cannot find a picture of). Scented with mandarin oranges, bergamot, and orange flower absolute, Dashing Santa smells almost exactly like the Celebrate fragrances (which I love!) and contains snowflake lustre for a touch of sparkle. The more I read about this in my training manual, the more I fell in love with it and the more excited I became to use it. I love my citrus and I love my bergamot, and the bomb itself was adorable. So I quickly decided that this would be the first bath bomb of the Christmas season that I would use!
To me, Dashing Santa smelled almost like Pez candy, a sweet that always brings me back to my childhood. I can't remember a time where I didn't have a Pez dispenser in my back pocket, popping the sweet chalky candies like a nervous date does breath mints. His appearance reminded me of our favorite mustachioed plumber, as he appeared back in the old days of tube TV and Mama Llama's outrageously big hair (that she didn't get rid of until the early 2000s at the behest of Papa Bear finally convincing her that the 80s were over and done with and took the economy with it).
When I plunked Jolly Ol' Saint Nick in the tub, he immediately foamed up and released a pretty pink tint into the water. His facial features and body were slowly melted away by a layer of foam, coloring the pink atop it with a steamed milk texture and a scant shimmer I could barely make out. Honestly, I could feel my excitement draining as the bomb dissolved. It was a slow fizzing bath bomb so I sat and watched. And watched. And then turned around to watch the movie "Gladiator" playing on my TV (and yes, Russell Crowe, I wasn't entertained. Well, by the bath bomb at least). When it was fully dissolved my bath water was the color of pink champagne with nary a bit of shimmer in sight. I reluctantly sank in and realized something strange. I couldn't smell a thing! I sniffed and sniffed like my dog does when I hide her treats (which is frantic and panicked until she sneezes on your face and you're forced to give her the treat because she'll do it again in five seconds...) but nothing! That slightly tart citrusy scent was gone! It was the strangest thing, and very disappointing. My Dashing Santa bath was quite short.
Overall I wasn't too pleased with this bath bomb, and it was a bit of a disappointing kickoff to my first holiday season at Lush. Many of my coworkers loved it, so perhaps I got a bad one or my nose is becoming immune to citrus (oh god that'd be awful! I love citrus!). This though would be perfect for kids, since it's a smaller bomb and kids don't use much water in the tub. But overall, great design, not so fantastic execution. But there's plenty more bath bombs where that came from, so stay tuned for more Christmas reviews!
**Dashing Santa is certified Vegan
***Purchase Dashing Santa at your local LUSH store or online herel